__ updated  for S'16:  (RR/CE-IA-IE) [ via Chaps 1 & 2  & 3 Merrigan(3e)]


Research- 3 Key considerations:    FORMATS   |   ARGUMENTS   |   ETHICS


This assignment page actually has a triple focus. Even if we do not review all 3 parts in class, you are responsible for being familiar with the concepts within the referenced units.

There is nothing to submit in advance, but you should have your notes/findings for all 3 parts with you  in class in order to participate in the in-class, follow-up activities.


Part I: RR's & CE's  [ via Chap1]

Refer to the article from Nature.com which has been  posted in the Research Reports & Critical Essays for Analysis within the "Course Information" section of Blackboard: "How words get the message across."  As you read, consider these factors -- to be further discussed in class on [tentatively = Weds 1/20/16] .  Alternate link to copy of article  = SciencearticleHowWrdsCommunicate

► Although this article does not fit perfectly into either category, would you consider it more of a Research Report or a Critical Essay? Why? Can it be categorized?

► Once you make your choice, be prepared to discuss: What are 3 specific characteristics/components of that type of Investigative writing that are evident in this piece?




Part II: Toulmin in action  [ via Chap1]

Referring to this same article which is posted in the "Course Information" section of Blackboard: "How words get the message across" , select one of the claims or sub-claims found within it.  Be prepared to chart the argument via the Toulmin 3+ 3 method--to be further discussed in class on Mon 1/25/16.











Part III: Investigative Arguments / Investigative Ethics - can they coexist?[ via Chap 3(2nd ed.=Ch2)]

Refer to this online journal special issue of the International Association for Public Participation [ http://www.iap2.org] : IJP2 - Volume 3, issue 2, December 2009 (The Practice of Public Meetings)    However, in order to access that specific page, you will have to scroll down to the "Research and Publications" section and then click on "PUBLIC MEETINGS HERE"

   Read the jointly authored Introduction: The Practice of Public Meetings:  Introduction to the Special Issue_ & click on at least 2 of the individual research reports. You should also view a few minutes of the video--to be further discussed during several class sessions class beginning on  Mon 1/25/16.

Alternate navigations:

PREFERRED ROUTE>>  http://www.iap2.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=404

select "Archives"  in  the menu on the right. Select Volume 3, Issue 2, 2009 

NOTE: if the video link does not work, just go to Youtube & search for :IJP2 3(2), Dec. 2009; The Practice of Public Meetings


►Are there any features about this special collection of research reports that exemplify specific ethical dilemmas mentioned in Chapter 3 (2nd ed = Ch2)?

►What is your reaction to the ethical practices exhibited by these researchers?

►All of the articles investigated the same "text" (i.e. the video of the town meeting) however, do you think that some of the investigative approaches used were inherently more ethical than others?